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on 15 November 1999
An excellent introduction to molecular symmetry and group theory for all chemists. The book takes you through the topics by means of continual questions and answers to aid understanding.
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on 3 March 2007
This book got me through a symmetry and bonding course when the lectures had left me completely confused. It's a small and fairly short book that consists of series of short sections ('frames') arranged in 'programmes' or chapters. Each programme introduces a topic step by step and continually asks you questions that are answered on the next frame with an explanation of the answer. At the end of each programme is a test you can use to check your understanding. It's not really a book you read, more something that you work through at your own pace, and takes the place of an incredibly patient and clear teacher.

It probably isn't that useful if you find the subject easy and are looking for something that will go beyond the basics, or if your maths is good (for example one chapter of eight is just on matrices). If you're struggling with the course it's brilliant. (I used it for a second year physical chemistry course, with the last two chapters still being useful for a third year course).
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on 29 January 2010
This was the recommended text for the Group Theory part of my 2nd Year Physical Chemistry module and I have to say that without it I would have been completely lost. It guides you step-by-step through different methods and problems, and this interactive system is very helpful for learning. Each chapter ends with a short test which allows you to check your progress.
I knocked off one star for a few mistakes in the text including one incorrect character table. I thought this was a bit disappoining for a 2nd edition as you would expect errors to have been corrected. The incorrect values in one of the character table is particularly confusing for a student trying to work out why they are unable to get the right answer.
Having said that I would still thoroughly recommend it to any chemistry student studying group theory as it proved very useful to me.
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on 13 July 2011
It is OK, but you still have to read books that are more advanced, especially where X ray is concerned, Quadratics could be mentioned as they are symmetrical like matrices. There is also a link between the two, as they are a type of algebra or code.
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on 1 August 2008
This book is an excellent introduction to the applications of symmetry and group theory in chemistry. The only down side is that there is little treatment of linear combination of atomic orbitals and Huckel techniques, which were integrated into our undergraduate symmetry course. A "hints and tips" section with shortcuts for reducing representations and approaching problems would have also proven valuable.

Simply put, if you're doing an undergraduate chemistry course, get this book.
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on 4 January 2015
Brilliant book, has all the information i needed for my module at university and more, I did not really understand molecular symmetry and group theory in my lectures as I couldn't really picture it in my head, but this book puts it into perspective with questions for each topic, starting with the basics and getting progressively harder, if you don't understand symmetry and group theory then this is the book to get!
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on 28 February 2014
It's a handy dandy book to have around is a great introduction to molecular symmetry and serves nicely to prime one for further study. The text contains a few mistakes (but these seem to be mainly misprints in the character tables), the actual techniques it passes on are all solid.
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on 27 December 2009
Excellent book for anyone doing a basic molecular symmetry course. It takes you through step-by-step in such a way that you are forced to understand it. I would suggest buying this book before starting the course, as it will make the course's lectures seem so much easier.
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on 30 January 2008
I got this book when i was first introduced to symmetry and i'm so glad i found it. Great at explaining what you need to know to pass. The only thing that would make this text better is more self tests.
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on 1 March 2012
A good book got the value for my money. A good book for group thoery course-simplied and complete.
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